- Dec 12, 2019
As wildfires raged near Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez called on those who have lost their homes and those offering assistance and fighting the flames to remember that God is accompanying them in their sorrow and acts of sacrifice.
About 30,000 Catholic faithful walked the streets of Los Angeles in a Sunday morning procession for Our Lady of Guadalupe nine days ahead of her Dec. 12 feast day.
Deacon Spencer Lewrence, an organizer for the event for the homeless, said a woman named Diane shared her past experiences of addiction and prostitution along Hollywood Boulevard, but how she now returns with her kids to the same street to aid the homeless.
With a rising homeless population in the city of Los Angeles, the Catholic Church is joining with other religious groups and the city government to try to ameliorate the situation. “We want to promote greater cooperation among religions in addressing a serious challenge that our whole community faces,” Father James L. Heft, founder and president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC.
A week after President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement, the Archbishop of Los Angeles has written a column about the importance of ‘the human ecology’ and the dangers of today’s “throw away culture.”
On Tuesday the Vatican announced the appointment of Filipino-born Bishop Oscar A. Solis, currently an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as the new head of the Diocese of Salt Lake City. His installation will take place on March 7.